The most interesting thing out of that article is a film that I am really looking forward to called The Human Race, directed by Paul Hough who did The Backyard, a really good documentary about backyard wrestling back in 2002.
The idea behind the film is that 80 "contestants" are entered in a foot race. If they step on the grass, they die. If they don't race, they die. If they get lapped, they die. Only one can win, the rest will all... you guessed it... die.
The star of the film is one-legged "character actor" Eddie McGee, the winner of the initial Big Brother in 2000.
Needless to say, getting funding for the project was not easy and to complete the film for Fantasia they had to do a Kick Starter to raise $6,200.
For the 4th year running, now would be the time when I (with great trepidation) issue my annual Cerebus challenge where I allow him to pick a film for me.
If there are any films that anyone else would like me to go see and report back on, feel free to chime in. Tuesday is my day off from watching films (and my GURPS night) and I usually won't see films during the week before 7PM, but otherwise I am open to suggestions.
In terms of the reviews from sound on sight, I guess I will do a post once a week summarizing what I saw with links?
This years challenge might surprise you. The films I have picked for you to choose from are almost all bloodless... well less blood than what I normally would pick.
First, I'm gonna cheat here by not picking films I know you're gonna see anyway. One guy I know said Ace Attorney was the best Miike film he'd ever seen. This would be my first choice but I think you have already picked it. Mega Monster Battle: Ultra Galaxy Legend was awesome and you should have seen it three years ago when it came out. Space Battleship Yamoto is another one that was really good, but I think you'd have already seen it or are already planning to see it without me telling you to.
Now for my picks...
Possession - Okay, here we go with the fucked up movies I like. This film is fucking amazing, yet also totally insane. Sam Neill and Isabelle give oscar worthy performances in this total mind fuck of a film. Seriously, I've seen it like 20 times and I'm still not sure what the fuck is happening for half the movie, but it's beautiful and engrossing. This is my top choice!
Singham - This movie is Bad Ass! Yes, it's a Bollywood film so it's got the musical numbers thrown in, but the music is catchy as hell. The action scenes are totally nuts, insane as well. A fun time will be had by you, if you go see this.
We Are Legion: The Story of The Hacktivists - This sounds pretty good, but I think Rules #1 and #2 might apply.
The Tall Man - I was not a fan of Martyrs and yes, I'm sure that is a surprise. This film sounds just as interesting as Martyrs, however, so I'm willing to let YOU take a chance and see it for me. Lol!
Toy Masters - If you're really hard up for something to go see on August 6th, around 5:35pm. then this might be a film for you. It sounds totally geeky and only for hardcore fans of He-Man, so don't feel bad by saying no to this. If I were in Canada, however, I'd be first in line for this shit.
Chained - Vincent D'Onofrio as a serial killer and the director of Boxing Helena... you can't go wrong here!
A Night of Nightmares - A film I never heard of until now. It sounds interesting.
Mega Monster Battle: Ultra Galaxy Legend - NOT on my list. Did get plugged during the press conference by the representative from Concordia University. Would fit on my schedule.
Space Battleship Yamato - on my list
Possession - NOT on my list. Can't do it, I'm seeing Funeral Kings.
Singham - Was in my maybe pile. Fits in my schedule.
We Are Legion: The Story of The Hacktivists - NOT on my list. Can't do it, I'm seeing The Victim with Michael F***ing Biehn
The Tall Man - NOT on my list. Can't do it, I'm seeing For Love's Sake
Toy Masters - NOT on my list. Fits in my schedule.
Chained - on my list. Largely because I am going to see the documentary Despite the Gods about how f***ed up the filming of Hisss was and Jennifer Lynch will be at both screenings. Also D'Onofrio is one of my favourite actors.
A Night of Nightmares - NOT on my list, but I am glad you mentioned it, because I loved Marc Senter in Brawler (A much better movie than Warrior.) Fits my schedule.
So you're "making" me go see Ultraman, Singham, Toy Masters, Chained and A Night of Nightmares.
I might be able to see The Tall Man and We Are Legion as a press screening.
When I was growing up in Chicago in the early 80s, WGN used to show Prisoner Cell Block H each night after the late news. This was a fantastically entertaining Australian soap opera set in a women's prison (the Wentworth Detention Centre).